Paul Zandt experienced a severe heart attack and died unexpectedly on May 8, 2014, at the age of 50. Paul was the beloved husband of Joan (nee Cortichiato) for 27 years and the devoted father of Matthew, Daniel, and Ryan.
Paul graduated from Marquette University with a Masters of Business Administration in 2006 and was an essential member of the inaugural Applied Investment Management (AIM) class. Paul obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986.
He was an on-air meteorologist with WTMJ-TV4 and AM-620 WTMJ radio from 1993 – 2004. Paul provided on-air weather reports for morning and evening television and radio newscasts. He also authored a weather column for the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel and developed and presented weather seminars for area schools and community groups.
While in the AIM program at Marquette, Paul worked as an intern and upon graduation went to work for Cleary Gull in Milwaukee. He served as a portfolio analyst and client advisor. Paul conducted asset allocation and Monte Carlo analysis for institutional and high net worth clients; performed research and due diligence on equity/fixed income mutual funds; and provided performance commentary.
In March 2010, Paul was awarded his Chartered Financial Analyst certification. He also was a volunteer presenter with Make a Difference – Wisconsin since May 2009. He delivered financial education programs to area high school students.
In January 2014, Paul joined SJA Financial Advisory in Menomonee Falls as a portfolio manager. He was responsible for creating, implementing and maintaining investment portfolios; monitoring portfolio allocations; and researching and recommending investment options for clients.
Paul was a member of the popular Milwaukee-area cover band, Pulse. He performed keyboards and sang vocals for the group. Paul was trained on classical music and began playing jazz and rock when he was in his teens. After ending his career as a TV weatherman and moving into finance, he returned to music and played in local bands that included the Itch, Second Wave and Jackie Brown and the Boys.
An intelligent, accomplished and thoughtful individual, we mourn the loss of Paul Zandt. He was a joy to be around and the world is a better place because of him.
A gathering to honor Paul will be held at Holy Apostles Catholic Parish (16000 W. National Ave., New Berlin) on Friday, May 16; from 12:30-4:30 pm with a Mass of Christian Burial at 4:30 pm. Memorials to the family for his children's education are appreciated.